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June 3rd, 2009 by Temple City Tribune
Walter and his wife Sarah are lifelong residents of Pasadena. Walter opened his law office in Temple City in 1947 with his brother Henry. Henry is a Superior Court judge and was Temple City’s first City Attorney. Walter was retired from active law practice. He served on the Board of Trustees of Pasadena City College for 30 years. The Main Library at PCC is named after him. He also served on the Pasadena Board of Education for 8 years.
Walter T. Shatford II was born in Philadelphia in 1914, the oldest of three children; a sister Beatrice, and a brother Henry who became the first City Attorney of Temple City when it was incorporated in 1960. Walter and Henry opened their law practice on Temple City Blvd in 1947.
Their father was a Canadian who helped develop parts of British Columbia, and their mother was British and adventurous, coming to British Columbia when it was still pioneer country. It was there she met her husband-to-be.
Walter attended public schools, first in Seattle, then in Monrovia through high school, two years at then-Pasadena Junior College (now Pasadena City College). He went on to earn a BA at UCLA, and finally on to law school at Stanford where he finished getting his law degree after World War II.
He enlisted in the Navy six weeks before Pearl Harbor, eventually rising from Yeoman to Commander. He remained in the Naval Reserve until he reached retirement age.
He received a doctorate in law from USC after he started to practice law and was accepted to appear before the U.S. Supreme Court. He did not retire from practicing law until 2005 at the age of 90. Since he has attended and has degrees from both UCLA, Stanford, and USC, he has a good chance of being able to root for an alma mater on the New Year’s Day Rose Bowl game.
He has been a faithful and active 62 year member of the Kiwanis Club of Temple City and is well known to many readers for his many years as editor of the Kiwanis bulletin each week. He has been sports editor on the UCLA Bruins and at one time wanted to be a journalist. Walter was proud of his “perfect attendance” at club meetings.
He married Sara Brady in 1945 during the war and they had four children: Sara, a librarian at UCLA; Walter III, who practiced law as a partner with his father until he died of cancer in 2007; Tom, an artist; and Russell, a hand surgeon. Walter had two grandchildren, Walter IV and Sally Shatford.
Walter ran for and was elected to the Pasadena Board of Education and later became a member of the Board of Trustees of Pasadena City College. He regarded education as a basic ingredient to develop oneself to the fullest, as it leads to career success and enrichment of life, opening doors everywhere. So Walter devoted his energy to improving public education as well as pursuing his law practice for the next four decades. As a public display of thanks, the new main library that was constructed at Pasadena City College was named after him. A portrait of Walter by his wife Sara adorns the entryway of the library.
During his years of practicing law there was an organization known as “Legal Aid” which offered help free or for very little to those in need. Walter was a member and also did pro-bono work for some non-profit groups, such as a group working to provide housing for the mentally ill.
Walter was also an usher with his daughter at All Saints Church in Pasadena for over 40 years.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
Photo by Terry Miller